Monday, June 10, 2013

A review of a perfect title for Father's Day

This coming Sunday, on June 16th, we celebrate Father's Day. It is a day when we spoil fathers and show them how much we love and appreciate them. In honor of this day, I have reviewed a book that celebrates the many ways in which fathers show their children, through their actions, how much they are loved.

Douglas Wood
Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2013, 978-0-689-87532-8
We all know what the words “I love you” mean, but did you know that many people say “I love you” without saying these words at all? Dads are particularly good at doing this. Instead of saying the words, they show you how much you are loved. They make pancakes for you, admire your muscles, play games with you, and call you silly names like Flap-doodle or Scatterwhomp. When they help you ride your bike or read you your favorite story for the three hundredth time they are saying “I love you.”  When they answer your countless “Why?” questions without complaining they are also saying “I love you.”
            In this heartwarming, sometimes sweetly funny, book, Douglas Wood, who brought us the books A Quiet Place and Old Turtle, shows children that there are so many ways to say “I love you,” and often these expressions of love are incredibly precious. Throughout the book the simple text is paired with softly expressive illustrations of animal children sharing wonderful moments with their fathers.

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